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Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death #4

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF DEATH #4

(W) Rick Geary, Bryce Ingman
(A) Rick Geary, Ryan Kelly
(C) Richard Williams
January 19, 2022
$4.99

Special Sinister Slogan Issue! MASK UP & VAX UP for “A Tale of the Great Plague!” VOTE GRUE NO MATTER WHO in “Edgar Allan Poe’s Werewolf of Washington!” All this plus a heaping treasure of AHOY illustrated prose!

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF DEATH #4

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death #3

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF DEATH #3

(W) Tom Peyer, Bryce Abood
(A) Greg Scott, Rick Geary
(C) Richard Williams
December 15, 2021
$4.99

It’s MONSTER MONTH in the world’s weirdest horror/humor anthology! Who is killing the classic creatures? Find out in “Edgar Allan Poe’s Gore of Frankenstein!” How stupid were 19th century doctors? Learn the giant, bloodsucking answer in “Annabel’s Leech!” Plus: prose, pix, post, and possibly poetry!

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF DEATH #3

Review: High Heaven #2

What’s worse than being sentenced to Hell? For self-pitying David Feathers, it’s an eternity in Paradise, where he runs afoul of a monstrous angel.

Well that’s unexpected. The first issue of High Heaven was a nice send-up of those person goes to Heaven types of stories giving us a miserable lead and a Heaven that reminds us more of Eastern Europe under Communism. Writer Tom Peyer peels back the clouds in High Heaven #2 to reveal those things that didn’t quite seem right in the first issue. Heaven? Yeah, there’s more to it.

David Feathers is still a miserable lead but the second issue shows there’s some truth to his kvetching. Heaven as presented to him does suck but it’s not like he deserves what’s revealed. The world as presented is an interesting one with clear class delineations and austerity has hit where David has been placed. Is there better? Is there worse? Well, we now know the answer to that and that there is indeed some place to escape to.

What’s interesting is the theme of being happy with what you’re given and how we should shut up about it. Even in Heaven this seems to exist and makes for an interesting debate about the meaning of it all and theological implications.

The art by Greg Scott with color by Andy Troy and lettering by Rob Steen is really solid. There’s some big jumps in locations in this issue and some very different designs and feels to some characters but the team makes it all work and flow easily as one world. There’s nothing that seems out of place. It all is rather quick but each panel of what’s revealed had me linger to see what details I could see that adds to the world and story.

That’d be enough to make this a buy….

The surly science-heroes of Hashtag: Danger adopt an alien pet! Yes, there’s a backup comic too also written by Peyer with art by Chris Giarrusso. It’s a twisted story that had me laughing and the weirdness of it all betrays Giarrusso’s style. Think, a real messed up Archie and you get a better idea of what’s presented.

And that’s not all!

There’s prose and Q&As from Carol Lay, Hart Seely, Kek-W, Austin Wilson, and featuring art by Lay, Rick Geary, and Elliott Mattice. All of it is bonus to what’s already a great issue of comics.

It’s another solid issue that feels like it’s even better than the first and has me super excited to see what’s next. AHOY Comics has something special here not just delivering solid main stories but packing so much into each issue that they really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Another must get from this upstart publisher.

Story: Tom Peyer, Carol Lay, Hart Seely, Kek-W, Austin Wilson
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Carol Lay, Rick Geary, Elliott Mattice

Color: Andy Troy Lettering: Rob Steen
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: High Heaven #1

High Heaven #1

Story: Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler
Color: Andy Troy Cover: Richard Williams

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. HIGH HEAVEN is a savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files), colored by Andy Troy.

Review: High Heaven #1

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer.

It’s hard to pull of entertainment where the main character is unlikeable. The consumer doesn’t want to cheer for the person. And at times it can drag storywise. Writer Tom Peyer has done an impressive thing with High Heaven #1 as the main character David Weathers is someone I myself want to beat up. Despite the fact I want to punch David myself, I still want to see where this miniseries goes. It’s satire and also over the top too.

No one likes David it seems and due to that, we the reader don’t feel too bad. We’re not supposed to cheer for him. We’re supposed to dislike him. But, through some subtle choices we feel sorry for him too. There’s moments we the reader can relate to.

By the time the story wraps up, I’ve forgotten about the dislike of David and bought into the direction the series takes us. It’s unexpected. It’s original. And, it should be an entertaining subject to drive the rest of the series.

Greg Scott provides the art with Andy Troy on colors and it’s a solid combination. The art is perfect in its focus and how much we’re shown. The comic could easily have gone over the top, for instance the death scene, but instead uses less is more. It allows our imagination to fill in some gaps making it that much more absurd and funny. Heaven too when we get there is rendered in such a way that the details is brings the humor of it all and begs the reader to pay attention.

But not only do we get the main story we get so much more for the price of an average comic. Peyer also delivers a second story with art by Chris Giarrusso called Hastag: Danger. The topic of the comic feels like it’s all over the place and it continues my only negative about AHOY Comics in that not all of the “more” matches the main story in tone or focus. That includes a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler and a prose story by Grant Morrison with art by Rick Geary. All are very good but they seem to be a bit scattershot in their tone and focus. Wheeler’s humorous comic is the exception as it too has a religious focus like the main story.

AHOY Comics continues to deliver with their second release in High Heaven. This is a comic company that burst on the scene with pretty big promises and has delivered with two issues. You feel like you’re getting a lot for your money and all of it is quality. Not only do I look forward to this series’ next issue but I’m also front and center to see what else AHOY has up their sleeve.

Story: Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler
Color: Andy Troy Cover: Richard Williams
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Check Out These Previews of What We Can Expect From AHOY Comics

Earlier today we brought the news of the launch of AHOY Comics, a new publisher who has already announced four series with an impressive group of creators. Now, we have a look at the actual series that we’ll be able to enjoy starting in September.

THE WRONG EARTH

6 Issue mini-series by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle

AHOY Comics launches with a biting superhero satire written by Tom Peyer (Captain Kid, Hourman), penciled by Jamal Igle (Black, Supergirl), inked by Juan Castro (Transformers),and colored by Andy Troy. On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places?

On sale on September 12, 2018, THE WRONG EARTH debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • A  prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: ‘HUD’ HORNET’S HOLIDAY IN HELL, illustrated by best-selling artist Rob Steen
  • A mock “Golden Age” Stinger solo story, by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

HIGH HEAVEN

5 Issue Mature Readers mini-series by Tom Peyer and Greg Scott

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. HIGH HEAVEN is a savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files), colored by Andy Troy.

On sale, September 26, 2018, HIGH HEAVEN’s debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with a cover by Mad Magazine’s Richard Williams and extras including:

  • A HASHTAG: DANGER backup story by Peyer, with art by Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini-Marvels)
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler
  • An all-new prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: FESTIVE FUNTIMES AT THE NEW WORLD’S FAIR, illustrated by acclaimed artist Rick Geary

In October, AHOY Comics will launch a creator owned title:

CAPTAIN GINGER

4 issue mini series by Stuart Moore and June Brigman

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe. Thirty-five pages of comic adventure—with a bite—by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) artist June Brigman (Power Pack), inker Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini.

On sale, October 17, 2018, CAPTAIN GINGER’s debut issue is a full color, 48 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: THE ELECTRIC SKY BEAR THAT INSPIRED BEN FRANKLIN, illustrated by Phil Hester
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

October will also see the debut of an all star anthology series:

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR

6 issue Mature Readers mini series

EDGAR ALLAN POE mangles classic tales and brand new stories in this cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt! First, meet AHOY’s own alcohol-damaged version of Poe in The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar, adapted by Tom Peyer (Batman ‘66) and drawn by Fred Harper. Then: Sugary cereal meets vampirism in Dark Chocolate, by writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Peter Snejbjerg (Starman).

On sale, October 31, 2018, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR’s debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • Hunt Emerson’s take on The Black Cat
  • Unsettling verse by Cienna Madrid illustrated by Carly Wright

Papercutz Has an All-New Gumby Series and a Short Story by Kyle Baker

Papercutz has released a Gumby short story by Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist Kyle Baker, in advance of its new Gumby comic book series debuting on July 5, 2017. Baker’s story entitled “Model-Ty Crew” appears in Gumby #1, alongside a 10-page story by acclaimed writer Ray Fawkes and artist Jolyon Yates, a five page story by writer and editor Jeff Whitman and New York Times bestselling artist Jolyon Yates and a cover by Rick Geary. Upcoming issues will include contributions from a wide array of acclaimed children’s and young adult graphic novel creators, including Art Baltazar, Gregory Benton, Eric Esquivel, Veronica and Andy Fish, Sholly Fisch, Ryan Jampole, Jolyon Yates, Jeff Whitman and others. Each 32 page, $3.99 issue will feature a lead story and a five-page backup story, which will provide the opportunity for high profile creators to try their hand at the adventures of the “little green ball of clay.”

The all new Gumby comic books and upcoming graphic novels are the result of a recently announced partnership between Papercutz and Premavision Inc which allows the children’s graphic novel publisher to create new material based on the hit Gumby. Premavision also recently announced development of a new Gumby television series (in partnership with the Jim Henson Company) and plans for a feature film are also in the works.

Papercutz will collect the first three issues of the Gumby comic as a graphic novel, in both hardcover and trade paperback editions, on November 7, 2017.

Preview: Deathlok, Lockjaw & the Young Avengers Take Center Stage in Original Sins #1!

This June – the sins of the Marvel Universe extend much further than you can possibly imagine. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at Original Sins #1 – the first in a 5-issue companion series exposing even more secrets than could be contained in Original Sin! Each issue of Original Sins contains three all-new stories spotlighting fan-favorite characters throughout the Marvel Universe.

Who is Deathlok? Rising star writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mike Perkins expose the secrets of the cyborg super-soldier! But all is not as it seems. And a hidden truth will finally be revealed, setting the stage for Deathlok’s return to the forefront of the Marvel Universe!

Then, Eisner-award winning writer Ryan North and artist Ramon Villalobos follow the Young Avengers in the first of a 5-part serial running through each issue of Original Sins. As Hulkling, Marvel Boy and Prodigy attempt to track down the super-powered crime-lord The Hood, even they’re not prepared for what they find. And for one Young Avenger, the death of the Watcher will become a very personal affair!

Finally, writer Stuart Moore joins prolific artist Rick Geary expose the secrets of the faithful Inhuman companion Lockjaw! And you won’t believe what he’s been keeping.

The Watcher saw all, and no fan can afford to miss exciting new stories featuring the most requested characters in the Marvel Universe when  Original Sins #1 hits comic shops and digital devices this June!

ORIGINAL SINS #1 (APR140638)
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON, RYAN NORTH & STUART MOORE
Art by MIKE PERKINS, RAMON VILLALOBOS & RICK GEARY
Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC – 05/19/14, On-Sale 06/11/14

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Marvel Unveils Original Sins – A New 5-Issue Series!

This June, prepare yourself for more secrets, more reveals and more impact on the Marvel Universe than could be contained in just one series! Spinning directly out of the events of the highly anticipated Original SinOriginal Sins, a new 5-issue companion series set to flip the script on some of your favorite Marvel superheroes as the best and brightest creators in the industry explore the deepest darkest skeletons in their closets!

Featuring top-tier creators including James Robinson, Charles Soule, Mark Bagley, Dan Slott, Nathan Edmondson and many, many more – each issue of Original Sins contains three all-new stories spotlighting fan-favorite characters throughout the Marvel Universe.

Everyone has a deep, dark secret – from the Avengers to the X-Men to everyone in between. Truth’s hidden for years. The omniscient cosmic being known as The Watcher has borne witness to every event and every secret in the history of the Marvel Universe. But now he’s dead, and the knowledge he’s collected has been released. And those secrets are about to come out.

Now, uncover the earth-shattering secrets behind the extended Marvel universe too big and too shocking to be contained in the main Original Sin series!

What secrets lay in the past of Deathlok, the Young Avengers, Black Bolt, Doctor Doom and even Howard the Duck? Those are just a taste of the characters whose lives are about to change. No fan can afford to miss the most salacious secrets of your favorite Marvel heroes this June in Original Sins!

Everybody has one. This is Marvel’s Original Sins!

ORIGINAL SINS #1 (APR140638)
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON, RYAN NORTH & STUART MOORE
Art by MIKE PERKINS, RAMON VILLALOBOS & RICK GEARY
Cover by MARK BROOKS
On-Sale This June!

ORIGINAL SINS #2 (APR140639)
Written by FRANK TIERI, RYAN NORTH & TY TEMPLETON
Art by RAFF IENCO, RAMON VILLA LOBOS & TY TEMPLETON
On-Sale This June!

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Preview: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 HC

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 HC

Written by: David Petersen
Illustrated by: David Petersen, Various
Diamond Code: MAY13 0941

The 2011 Eisner Award winner for Best Anthology is back with a second volume! In the mouse tavern known as the June Alley Inn, a new round of storytelling begins between the patrons. Their goal is to be declared the best story of the night in hopes of having their outstanding debt to the barmaid forgiven. Each story is written and illustrated by a different creator, while Mouse Guard creator David Petersen supplies the tavern scenes! Legends of the Guard continues the tradition of featuring handpicked artists and storytellers by Petersen, including fan-favorites like Stan Sakai (Usagi Yokimbo), C.P. Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend), and Bill Willingham (Fables), and up-and-comers like Christian Slade (Korgi), Rick Geary (The Adventures of Blanche), and Jemma Salume (Unicorn Life Cycle).

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